Are These Spice Myths True?

Posted by Navita Verma on

Spices have been around for more than 3500 years. It can't be denied some of them come closely related to myths and folklores. Some are strongly correlated with health benefits while others correlated to ancestral mythology. Here're three myths and facts you may never know about spices exists: 

Different spices can come from the same plants.

True. Spices can be processed from any of the plant's parts- including its roots to its barks. Take Fenugreek as an example; these plants can produce both golden seed and herb form. This plant is popular among Indian spices and has a totally different flavour from its spices. 

Ginger is the magician's best friend. 

Hmm, this one is quite tricky. Myths about magicians eating ginger to increase its magic has been around for a long time. However, there's no real-life proof. Without magic, ginger is still full of magic- helping to preserve pork, reducing the tendency of blood pressure, and blocking motion sickness.  

Spices only enhance flavour when used fresh, not dried.

False. Spices' flavour is highly enhanced when the spices have been grounded and robust. Little usage of dried spices can kick your tongue and improve the taste. 

Next time people talk about these myths, you can probably say if the myths are debunked or not. 

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